Day At The Track

Angela Chapman strikes a double

12:00 PM 05 Apr 2018 NZST
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Popular trainer-driver Angela Chapman
Popular trainer-driver Angela Chapman

Popular trainer-driver Angela Chapman showed she is pretty sharp following her training-driving double at Victor Harbor at the club’s Cups day harness racing meeting.

Chapman was victorious with front-runner Manonthemoon, and later in the day sat parked on Watch Me Dash which won in a three-way photo.

Quizzed on her last training-driving double, Chapman thought for a few moments, then said she thought it was on Diligent Moon and Our Casino Royale at Globe Derby Park. After another pause, added I think it was seven, maybe eight years ago.

Correct Ange. Yes, it was those pacers and that day was August 9, 2010 – about 7-1/2 years ago.

It might be worth following Manonthemoon, a five-year-old pacer with ability, but which has just taken a while to get it right.

“He’s always had the ability, but just been a long time getting it right,” Chapman said.

At Victor Harbor, Chapman drove the gelding out of the gates, from three, eventually finding the lead in the Clearview Slashing Country Graduation Series, heat four (2160m) and Manonthemoon ($5.70), answered every challenge to score by 3-1/2 metres from The Big Show ($6.70), with Missy Murdock ($14.20), eight metres away third.

Early in his career, Chapman would never had dared driving him out of the mobile because he would have galloped, but such is his new-found maturity, she had no hesitation on Sunday, and he responded with a top win.

Her double came up with Watch Me Dash in the South Coast Sand & Civil Pace (1660m).

A $48.70 chance, Watch Me Dash sat parked after beginning well from gate six to score a half head win from Friends ($2.90 fav) with Arm A Princess ($7.30), a similar margin away third.

Now a nine-year-old, the gelding’s win was a bit emotional because it was its first win since the passing of former trainer Doug Webber last year.

Watch Me Dash is owned by his widow Jeanette, but is raced on lease by Angela Chapman.

“He doesn’t mind doing it tough,” Chapman said.

“He has been racing okay and was suited today and battled on strongly to hold off his challengers.”

Graham Fischer
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